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>> pelley: tonight, a war crime in afghanistan. afghan children testify about the night their families were massacred. an american soldier stands accused. john blackstone is covering the case. new details on what forced david petraeus to quit the c.i.a.. will the scandal compromise the war on terror? reports from bob orr and david martin. two weeks after sandy, why can't they get the lights back on? >> it's mind-boggling. >> pelley: mark strassmann investigates. and on this veterans day,, michelle miller reports it's not just service members scarred by post-traumatic stress disorder, it's their families, too. >> i was having nightmares about iraq, a place i've never been.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening an american soldier accused of a horrific war crime watched in a courtroom as children described the murders of their families. there were two days of testimony in the case of staff sergeant robert bales. bales is charged with 16 counts of pre-meditated murder and six counts of attempted murder. prosecutors say that for reasons unknown bales walked off his post in afghanistan in the middle of the night then shot and stabbed civilians in two villages. the hearing at a military post in washington state was called to decide whether there is enough evidence to court-martial bales. john blackstone has been covering in the courtroom. >> reporter: staff sergeant bales watched the video feed from afghanistan show nothing reaction as ten afghans told of the night their two villages were awakened by gunshots. nine of the murder victims were children. the massacre was one of the
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worst crimes attributed to a u.s. serviceman in decades. a seven-year-old named rabin that told the court her father was shot right through the throat and chest. "the bullet hit me in the leg." 15-year-old rafiullah who was shot in the both legs told the court the same story he told us back in his village. "my uncle, my little cousin and my grandmother were killed. i was told to put my hands on the wall." his father, samiullah, testified by video that he found four bodies, all not? the head, including his own mother. "i saw her and cried," he said "and i could not look at her face." 39-year-old bales, ameri reed father of two young children, served four tours of duty in iraq and afghanistan. he was arrested after returning to base early in the morning of march 11, covered in blood. fellow soldiers have testified he'd been drinking. sergeant jason mclaughlin said bales admitted he'd shot up some people. none of the massacre survivors
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could identify bales as the gunman. zardana was seven years old when she was shot in the head. wearing a scar that have hid her wounds, she told the court her attacker was wearing a t-shirt and khaki pants. 14-year-old quadratullah testified he begged the gunman shot the shoot. we kept saying "we are children, we are children." bales' wife carry was in the courtroom. in july she told cbs news she didn't believe her husband was capable of the murders. >> we want a fair trial for my husband. and my children deserve to be proud of their father because he sacrificed a lot for his country and has been away from our family too often. >> reporter: final arguments are tomorrow and then a u.s. army colonel will recommend whether to go ahead with a full court-martial which could carry the death penalty. scott, no u.s. service member has been executed since 1961. >> pelley: john, thank you. david petraeus is telling
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friends and colleagues that there is only one affair and he is devastated that his lead to his resignation friday as director of central intelligence. there have been a lot of questions about how the f.b.i. came to uncover that affair through an investigation of e-mails so we asked bob orr in washington tonight to piece together everything we know. bob? >> reporter: good evening, scott. the four-month investigation by the f.b.i. was wrapped up just days before the election. in the end, agents did not find any evidence of an intelligence breach. instead they uncovered the tawdry personal affair that brought down c.i.a. chief david petraeus. it started as a low-level cyber investigation in tampa, florida. jill kelley, a socialite, who's done fund-raising for the u.s. military, told a friend in the f.b.i. that she'd received a series of anonymous harassing e-mails. agents quickly traced those e-mails to a former military intelligence officer paula broadwell, the author of the biography "all in. the education of general david
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petraeus." a further investigation turned up numerous e-mails, some of them sexually explicit between broadwell and petraeus at first blush, investigators wondered if someone breached petraeus's private e-mail. investigators actually stumbled across an extramarital affair. officials suspect broadwell sent those e-mails to kelley believing her to be a romantic rival. sources say when petraeus learned of the messages he asked broadwell to stop sending them. petraeus became friends with kelley when he was in charge of the u.s. central command in tampa, but the retired four-star general has told friends he was never romantically involved with kelley. petraeus has, however, admitted his affair with broadwell to the f.b.i. and he's told friends that began after he took charge of the c.i.a. in september, 2011. the affair was ongoing when broadwell, a married mother of two, was on a media tour promoting her petraeus book. >> yes, he's a very high-energy
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person and i think he does gain energy from feeling like he's consequential and making a difference. >> reporter: petraeus, one of america's most decorated soldiers, has called his infidelity unacceptable and unfair to his wife holly who he publicly praised at his military retirement. >> needless to say, i'll never be able to adequately express my love and appreciation for all that she has done. but i can at least say here this morning thanks, hol, i love you. (applause) >> reporter: the f.b.i. is now winding down. no one faces charges. members of congressional intelligence committee, though, are angry they were not put in the loop during the petraeus investigation. but the f.b.i., scott, says with no national security issues involved such notification was not required. >> pelley: bob, petraeus has been talking to some of his friends and i understand you talked to one of those friends today. >> i did, scott. the friend that i talked to says he's been in touch with petraeus on a regular basis since friday. he says petraeus is deeply disappointed in his own behavior.
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he says his wife hallly is furious about the whole thing. petraeus is telling close associates-- and this is a quote-- "ied that best job with the best organization and i threw it all away." then he added "i messed up." >> pelley: bob, thanks very much. also, we have tried to contact paula broadwell but she has not returned our calls so far. for most of the past decade, david petraeus seemed indispensable. his military leadership in iraq and afghanistan made him a natural to become the nation's chief covert warrior. now that he's out-- and so suddenly-- will the c.i.a. be undermined? we asked david martin to look into that. >> reporter: after only 14 months, david petraeus, the supposedly indispensable man, is gone. without warning, a new man, michael morell, must step forward from his post as deputy, first to leon panetta then to petraeus, and take over. john mclaughlin knows what that's like. he did it in 2004
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>> once you're sitting in the chair, there's no one sitting behind you. there's no safety net. so the acting director for all practical purposes is the director for that period of time. >> reporter: can morell, an economist by training, head an organization in the middle of a shooting war? he has been in on the war since it started. as president bush's daily briefer, he delivered that famous briefing in august of 2001 "bin laden determined to strike in u.s. " he was with the president on 9/11, relaying reports from c.i.a. headquarters. he is an analyst, not an operator. but then, neither was panetta who, during his term as c.i.a. director, headed the most successful operation of all: the hunt for osama bin laden. morell was part of that operation, assigned to come up with arguments why the intelligence that bin laden was hiding in a pakistani compound could be wrong. like the president before, this president knows morell. >> the c.i.a. works primarily for the president and the acting
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director's ability to function as a director depends to a large degree on the president's confidence in him or her. >> reporter: morell is the eighth c.i.a. director in the past seven years. you could almost say c.i.a. directors are not indispensable, they're disposable. >> pelley: thank you, david. petraeus was to testify this week before the senate intelligence committee about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. as you know, four americans were killed, including ambassador christopher stevens. the acting c.i.a. chief, mike morell, will take his place, though petraeus may be called to appear at a later date. congress returns to washington tomorrow and faces the looming deadline for the so-called fiscal cliff. that's the package of big tax increases and budget cuts that take effect automatically at the end of this year unless congress and the white house can come up with a compromise on the federal budget. nancy cordes is at the white house tonight and, nancy, when
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do the negotiations really start. >> reporter: well, scott, the president will be meeting with democratic and republican leaders from congress here at the white house on friday. but even before then he's going to be working to lock in support for his position from some key constituencies. he's sitting down with labor leaders tomorrow and then with leaders from the business community on wednesday and this is a group that hasn't always seen eye to eye with this president. but has shown some support for his position that tax revenue needs to be on the table as part of these talks. this weekend, a few more influential republicans expressed a new openness to that position as well. however, in exchange they want social security and medicare reforms to be on the table. scott, one top democratic aide told me that senate democrats are split on this front. some see entitlement reforms as key to a big debt deal while others feel that it's giving away too much, especially right after a big victory. >> pelley: nancy, thank you very much.
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you may be wondering how this whole fiscal cliff mess happened to begin with. well, it's the result of a showdown between the white house and the congress. last year, the government needed to borrow to pay its debts, but congress wouldn't authorize it unless the president agreed to big cuts in spending. well, the negotiations were a train wreck so faced with america defaulting on its debts, congress o.k.ed the borrowing on one condition: that at the end of this year a trillion dollars would be cut and the bush tax cuts would expire. the idea was to make these automatic cuts so painful that the parties would work out a reasonable budget. there are now six weeks to go. this caught our eye today. the international energy agency said that the u.s. will become the world's top oil producer by the end of the decade, surpassing saudi arabia and russia. the report says that new technologies like fracking are research new reserves of oil in
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the u.s. the report says the u.s. could stop importing oil by 2035. in the middle east, syria's civil war has now touched israel. for the second straight day, a shell from syria landed in israeli territory. today an israeli tank destroyed a syrian armored vehicle. israel is just the latest neighbor pulled into the conflict. turkey has returned fire repeatedly sincereian shells first landed there in october. turkey, lebanon, jordan, and iraq now house more than 400,000 syrian refugees. it was 19 monthsing that a protest movement rose up to overthrow the dictatorship in syria, but there is no end in sight. lance armstrong has resigned from the board of his cancer charity. two weeks after sandy, why are so many people still in the dark? and we'll show you the jewels recovered from the "titanic"
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people are getting fed up in brooklyn, new york, and that's where mark strassmann is tonight. >> oh, my god, i didn't see anything like this. >> reporter: an n smith returned for the first time today to her ruined brooklyn home. she fled it two weeks ago, wading through knee-deep water. when you look around this room, what goes through your mind? >> disaster, complete disaster. i never saw anything like it. >> reporter: much of brooklyn's gerritsen beach neighborhood looks as though sandy hit two days ago. two thirds of the working class homes here were damaged or destroyed. smith's house had six feet of floodwater and, like all her neighbors, still has no power, no heat. the 76-year-old was stunned by what fema inspectors are giving her to cover all repairs. the $1700. but $1700 isn't even close to what you need. >> no. no. you live here all your life. this is ridiculous. how could $1700 fix this? >> reporter: in new york and new jersey the scale of the recovery has brought
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64,000 utility crews from as far away as california and canada. >> it's probably more damage than i've ever seen. >> reporter: joe mauer, a supervisor with southern california edison was part of a wave of utility workers flown in by the military to restore power. in many areas, crews have to go house to house, inspecting fuse boxes and circuit breakers. any damaged ones have to be replaced or risk an explosion. >> mother nature's a lot stronger than anything we can build. the good thing is we can put it back up. >> reporter: what's the hardest thing to look at? >> the whole thing. the whole thing. all of it. >> reporter: smith is one of 150,000 homeowners who have filed a sandy-related insurance claim. she had no flood insurance so her carrier is giving her only $5,000. >> i want my home fixed. i want to be able to live here. i lived here all my life. i don't want to move out. i don't want go someplace strange and start all over. >> reporter: local leaders hope 50 licensed inspectors will go through these neighborhoods tomorrow replacing corroded fuse
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boxes. fema would pick up the tab. but, scott, no one knows when lights and heat will return to this community. >> pelley: mark, thank you. investigators are looking into whether a faulty furnace may have caused a deadly explosion in indianapolis saturday night. two people died and 31 homes were destroyed. the owner of the house where the blast occurred says the furnace had just been fixed after breaking down last week. you expect to see water in venice-- but not anything like this. venice-- but not anything like this. that story's just ahead. their turkey. triedy 15 succeeded in setting their houses on fire. at christmas, there was a lot of driving over the river and through the woods. and a little bit of skidding on the ice and taking out grandma's garage door. so while you're celebrating, allstate will be standing by. trouble never takes a holiday. neither should your insurance. that's allstate's stand. are you in good hands? ♪
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>> pelley: lance armstrong took a step to save his cancer-fighting charity-- by leaving it. today he severed all formal ties with livestrong because of the doping charges against him. last month, armstrong was banned from cycling and stripped of his seven tour de france titles. he's denied doping, but he said he wanted to spare livestrong any further damage. heavy rain across northern italy has flooded three quarters of venice. st. mark's square looked more like the grand canal as residents and tourists trudged through waist-high water. it's one of the worst floods ever in venice. we are getting a look tonight at some jewels not seen in more than a century. they went down with the "titanic" on april 15, 1912 and include this 14 carat gold ribbon brooch with two diamonds. a gold and platinum ring with a center sapphire surrounded by diamonds. and this gold stick pin with the
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head of a fox. most are doing on display for the first time since being recovered in 1987. they were all found in the same person purser's bag, apparently held for safekeeping. they are casualties of war-- even though they never got near a battlefield. their story is next. ♪ [ male announcer ] it's that time of year again. medicare open enrollment. time to compare plans and costs. you don't have to make changes.
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[ male announcer ] if you can't afford your medication, >> pelley: today it was federal holiday for veterans day. the traditional observance was yesterday. president obama placed a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns at arlington national cemetery. the holiday was originally known as armistice day, marking the end of world war i on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. it was supposed to be the war to end all wars. we want to close this broadcast tonight by noting the sacrifices made by servicemen and women and those sacrifices made by their families who also bear scars of war. here's michelle miller. >> the guy that came back from iraq was not at all the guy that left. >> reporter: brannan vines' husband, her high school sweetheart, was once the man she leaned on when times were tough. that all changed after caleb returned from two deployments in
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iraq. caleb was injured in multiple i.e.d. explosions. >> he was not only dealing with p.t.s.d. but he was also dealing with traumatic brain injury which very much changes somebody's personality. >> reporter: and changes the person caring for them. >> absolutely. absolutely. >> reporter: since 2007, vines has been caleb's sole caretaker, dealing with her husband's night tremors, erratic mood swings and the physical injuries that have left him permanently disabled. at the same time, she's trying to shield her six-year-old daughter. vines says it's left her with scars of her own. >> i was having nightmares about iraq-- a place i've never been. a place i've never -- other than in pictures and that kind of thing, i got to where i didn't like crowded places just like my husband. it was all these sorts of things where literally i was almost mirroring his behavior. >> reporter: brannan's behavior
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is recognized by the department of veterans affairs as secondary post-traumatic stress disorder. deborah amdur provides mental health services to caregivers. >> although they didn't experience initial trama ma that injured the veteran they are experiencing the trauma through being exposed to what the veteran has endured. >> reporter: already 6,000 caregivers have contacted the v.a. for help. >> it's us helping each other. >> reporter: vines invited us to meet some who she met through the nonprofit she started five years ago called "family of a vet" which provides education and resources to caregivers. >> it impacts the whole family. >> reporter: this woman cares for her husband who was injured in iraq in 2006. >> i had to pull the gun out of my husband's mouth and for two years now he has blamed me every single day for saving his life. >> reporter: torrey shannon's husband suffered a head injury in 2004. >> i struggle because i feel
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like i'm not doing enough or i'm not doing everything the way i should be doing. i am a very strong and capable person who is of sound mind, but twice i tried to commit suicide. >> reporter: through their shared struggles these women are helping each other cope. where do you go from here? >> just keep going. you know, it's all about learning new ways to handle it and figuring out how to stay together as a family. >> reporter: for these military families the road to recovery is taking it one day at a time. michelle miller, cbs news, daphne, alabama. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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